IBS Specialist

Hurley Hyperbaric & Wellness Center

Hyperbaric and Functional Medicine located in Kannapolis, NC

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder of the large intestines, affects anywhere from 25-45 million Americans. Although it doesn’t cause any harm to your digestive system, the symptoms of IBS can affect your quality of life. Lora Hurley, ND, CTN, CHP, ICHT, CPT at Hurley Hyperbaric & Wellness Center in Kannapolis, North Carolina, provides specialized testing to those with IBS to help identify possible causes. To learn more about the testing, call the office today, or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.


What is IBS?

IBS is a chronic health condition that affects the large intestines. The condition doesn’t affect how your intestines work but cause a number of symptoms. Though the severity of symptoms varies, some people may find their IBS keeps them from enjoying everyday activities.

Common symptoms of IBS include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Gassiness
  • Mucus in the stool

IBS may be a chronic condition, but Dr. Hurley can help you understand more about your IBS and the steps you can take to manage it.

What causes IBS?

Researchers aren’t sure of the exact cause of IBS but have identified factors that may contribute to your abdominal issues. These factors include

  • Alterations in the intestinal muscle contractions
  • Abnormalities in the nerves that send messages to your digestive tract
  • Inflammation
  • Change in the microbe population in your gut


A bout of gastroenteritis, which is stomach infection, may also lead to the development of IBS.

If you have IBS, you may notice that certain foods or activities trigger your symptoms. Women may also experience an exacerbation of their IBS during their period.

What types of testing can I have done for IBS?

To better assess gut health and possible causes of your IBS, Dr. Hurley offers special testing. This includes:

Gluten sensitivity testing

Gluten is a protein found in certain grains, specifically wheat, rye, and barley. Researchers are now learning that some people have a difficult time tolerating this protein, which may cause digestive symptoms like those associated with IBS.

To determine if you’re gluten sensitive, Dr. Hurley may run a special blood test that looks for antibodies that indicate a sensitivity to the protein.

Stool analysis

A stool analysis for IBS looks for a bacterial infection, blood, or intestinal parasite.

How can I manage my IBS?

Dr. Hurley is a holistic health coach and naturopath who provides you with the tools and education you need to take control of your own health and your IBS symptoms. Dr. Hurley may talk to you about your diet and how certain foods may trigger your symptoms. She then works with you on developing a nutrition plan and meal schedule to improve health and help you find relief.

Finding techniques to reduce stress, such as regular exercise or meditation, may also be helpful in reducing your IBS symptoms.

For specialized IBS testing and a holistic management of your health, call Hurley Wellness & Hyperbaric Center today, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.